Sporting Kansas City and its players have either bolted or are currently bolting the area now. Lucky blokes. A month in Phoenix vs. a month in KC? In February? Phoenix wins that all the time.
The first game of the preseason for KC is this Saturday against the Columbus Crew in Phoenix. Kickoff is 11 p.m. Mark it on your calendars.
In case you missed them, The Star's Terez Paylorwrapped up camp talking to head coach Peter Vermes and captain Davy Arnaud. We also had a nice photo gallery of the mini-camp
MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Weibe had a hat trick of stories to close the week:"Sporting already ahead at start of preseason," "Vermes impressed by player's fitness" and "Sassano eager for fresh start in Sporting camp."
James Starritt at the Sporting Times continued his player-by-player preview of KC with histake on Stephane Auvray
. He is less than impressed and wonders if he has a spot on this team locked down.
Andy Edwards at The Daily Wiz talkedwith Jack Jewsbury about diminished playing time and why he showed up for work this year hungrier than ever
Goal.com's"exclusive" interview with KC's designated player Omar Bravo
. "Exclusive?" Good to see that websites have learned a lesson from TV stations. Bravo was available to literally anyone and everyone to interview this week. In fact, I'm pretty sure every single person who attended mini-camp spoke to him. The only thing "exclusive" is that it's the only story of its kind that appears on Goal.com and it's the only site that ran his answers in full. (This is not an indictment of Goal.com, but of the breakdown of the meaning of language.)
I've not received any word yet on whether KC have agreed to the terms of a deal/trial with Ecuadorian winger Franklin Salas, but when I was researching him this weekend and I stumbled on this video, it made me laugh nearly uncontrollably.
Any one else miss Jimmy Conrad?This video might help . Or this story
Handball Unitedhas a new third jersey
Someone with far more knowledge than I, Kyle McCarthy,breaks down the new MLS Roster Regulations
Americans on the move on the last day for foreign transfers!Michael Bradley to Aston Villa on loan! (Good for Junior.) and Freddy Adu to Rizespor in the Turkish 2nd Division! (Really Freddy? Really?)
Yank in Scotland, Maurice Edu...
Italian Yank in Spain, Giuseppe Rossi...
As I'm publishing this, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres had allegedly boarded a helicopter out of Liverpool bound for London. It seems likely he's going to Chelsea.Follow along with the madness.
You have toread this incredible story of fair play
from Blue Square football in England. Read it and ask yourself: How would you feel if the team you supported (who were mired in a relegation battle), allowed an opponent (also in said relegation battle) to score the game-winning goal to make-up for an accidental goal you scored seconds before?
I don't know who did this. I don't know why they did this. But I love this.What if American football teams had soccer-like jerseys?